NVUSD cares about Suicide Prevention
Important to Know...
Starting a conversation about suicide can be the most important thing you do for a friend or loved one, but it's scary if you don't know what to say. Pain isn’t always obvious. Most suicidal people show some signs that they are thinking about suicide. If you see even one warning sign, step in or speak up. Take the time to learn what to do now, so you’re ready to be there for a friend or loved one when it matters most. http://suicideispreventable.org/
If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, immediate help is available. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or explore the other resources on this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do people who are thinking about suicide show some warning signs?
A. Yes. See next question.
Q. What are the warning signs of suicide?
A. Signs include reckless behavior, increased alcohol or drug use, talking about wanting to die or suicide, anger, no sense of purpose, feeling hopeless, desperate, trapped, changes in sleep, putting affairs in order, anxiety, sudden mood changes, withdrawal.
Q. Is it dangerous to mention suicide directly to someone who may be at risk?
A. No. Lots of research shows that talking about suicide does not increase the risk.
Q. What are some things that are important to talk about as part of a safety plan?
A. Removing access to weapons, asking what would keep them safe, asking for a promise not to use drugs or alcohol until help is available, Seeking a promise that they will not hurt themselves until they have met with a professional, identifying people who can help if the urges return, identifying professionals and hotlines they can call if the urges return, identifying people and settings that can provide distractions, identifying internal coping strategies (meditation, exercise, music, particular music, etc.).
Q. Are there resources that can help someone who may be suicidal?
A. Yes! See the resources listed on this webpage!